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FAA requiring inspector on site for SpaceX launches

 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken lifts off during NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 30, 2020. (photo credit: JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken lifts off during NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 30, 2020.
(photo credit: JOE SKIPPER/REUTERS)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it had revised SpaceX commercial launch requirements to mandate that an FAA safety inspector be present for every flight at its Boca Chica launch facility after the company violated license requirements for a December Starship launch.
The agency said the change, effective March 12, "is the result of FAA’s continuing oversight of SpaceX to ensure compliance with federal regulations to protect public safety. ... SpaceX must provide adequate notice of its launch schedule to allow for a FAA safety inspector to travel to Boca Chica."
SpaceX owner Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday about a "possible Starship flight tomorrow afternoon." He said on Monday that "FAA inspector unable to reach Starbase in time for launch today. Postponed to no earlier than tomorrow."


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